Monthly Archives: March 2014

Slow Weekend

notary open weekendsThis weekend (3/29/14 & 3/30/14) was a slow one. On one hand, that’s a good thing, because I needed a break to get over this sickness. On the other hand, I need money too. Oh well. The highlights were:

  • I notarized the sale of a boat, motor and trailer. It was a very easy one because the seller had all of the information handy. That’s a rare one.
  • I notarized an I-9 form for a lady that had a hard time following instructions.
  • I think I did four title transfers and bill of sales.

Boring, right? On the positive side, I got a call from a notary in Monroe, I think, and he thanked me for my sites. Pretty cool!

Sorry for the lite post, but that’s been it for the weekend. I do have a few busy days coming, so it’s bed time for me.

Thanks as always for reading my notary blog. If you need a notary in the BR area, give me a call at 225-907-5280.

Notary Se Habla Espanol?

se habla espanolThere is a huge demand for a notary public in the Baton Rouge area that can speak Spanish (habla espanol), and while I wish I was fully proficient at it, I’m not. I can speak a little bit of it (poquito), so I do my best to help the Baton Rouge area Spanish speakers.

Lucky for me, I do have a few friends that habla espanol, since that is their first language. They help me to communicate with my Spanish customers, just to make sure that there is no confusion. One day, I would love to truly be able to speak Spanish fluently.

If you speak Spanish, and you need a notary in the Baton Rouge area, give me a call at 225-907-5280. I will do my best to help you.

Still Sick On Friday

sick on fridayToday (3/28/14) was a rough day. I’m still sick with whatever I’ve got. I’m probably just a big baby, but this cold/flu/sinus whatever thing I have is kicking my butt. I am so ready to be done with it. Even though I felt horrible all day, Friday is usually one of my best days, so the show had to go on. The highlights were:

  • I visited with a patient and her attorney at a retirement home here in Baton Rouge to notarize a medical power of attorney. I really felt sorry for the poor lady. She’s seen better days.
  • My next run was to Prairieville to notarize a gaming license for a Lauberge Casino employee. He told me that about 60 people there will need to do this soon. He offered to spread my info to them, so maybe I will get lucky with that.
  • I then went to Gonzales to meet a couple for a refinance closing. I really felt like crap there, but I’m hoping it wasn’t too obvious to the signers.
  • I had a group come to my office to notarize a truck title transfer. Then two more guys came to me to do the same thing.

The game plan for tomorrow is to get better.

Sick Notary Sigh

sick notaryWow, I haven’t been able to post anything for the last several days. Today (3/27/14) is Thursday, and it looks like my last post was on Saturday. I’m a bad notary blogger! But I do have an excuse: I’ve been sick for the last few days. I have some funky cold/sinus/flu thing going on and it’s kicking my butt! I’ve been able to work somewhat, but only because I have to.

I don’t remember much of the last few days, but here’s a few things that stick out:

Sunday (3/23/14): I have no clue. I’m sure I did some car title transfers. Maybe?

Monday (3/24/14): I did a mortgage refinance closing. Stacey and I went to Sulphur, Louisiana to do it. We used the chance to visit with her family as well.

Tuesday (3/25/14): I remember doing a mortgage closing for the purchase of a newly built home in Baton Rouge. I also helped a friend with a boat purchase in Grosse Tete.

Wednesday (3/26/14): That was a busy day! I had four refinance closings. I had two here in Baton Rouge, one in Amite, and another one in Prairieville.

Thursday (3/27/14): I felt like crap today and didn’t do very much. I had a few small jobs for some regular commercial customers, but that’s about it.

Tomorrow I have a power of attorney signing at a local nursing home, a refinance closing at a credit union in Gonzales, and hopefully a bunch more. I hope I feel better soon. It’s also Stacey’s birthday, so I better get better fast.

 

Friday & Saturday Notary Jobs

weekend workI wasn’t able to post yesterday (3/21/14) so today’s update will cover Friday and Saturday’s (3/22/14) notary jobs for me.

Friday’s work included:

  • I delivered the mineral lease to Cinton. As a huge added bonus, the oil company that hired me gave me a $50 tip! That was the second biggest notary tip I’ve ever gotten, the biggest being $60. The effect of it is that I will drop what I am doing the next time the oil company needs me to notarize a lease.
  • I had a refinance closing from hell over in Brusly, LA. The traffic leading from Baton Rouge to Brusly was just so bad! It took me an hour and a half to get from Millerville to the Mississippi River Bridge. Of course the borrowers were in a hurry to get to a fair, and this goofy loan company and title company made sure that the package was filled with silly duplication, bringing the package close to 200 pages. Good times.
  • I had a loan modification signing that was super easy in Denham Springs. The man could not have been friendlier.
  • The only other job that I remember was a debt elimination contract signing. The concept is that you pay company X $$, and in return they settle your debts with companies Y and Z for a lesser amount. The job was easy enough.

Today’s jobs included:

  • I visited with a small car dealer that has become a really good regular. We transferred three auto titles.
  • I went to the home of an elderly couple that were selling their 1964 Volkswagen. So cool!
  • A mom and son came to my office for a car sale.
  • A really nice lady came to my office for a real estate sale. It was just a seller’s package with maybe 5 pages that needed to be notarized. Nice and easy job.
  • I helped a lady with a provisional custody by mandate. She needs it for tax purposes.

On the personal front, we went out with some friends last night in Hammond. We ate way too much food, and didn’t drink quite enough, but it was really fun. We may be going to a concert tonight at Lauberge, but I’m not sure yet.

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Mineral Lease Signing

louisiana mineral leaseToday (3/20/14) was a pretty relaxing day. I got to sleep in a bit, was never really rushed, and everyone was friendly. That’s a good day in my book.

The highlight on the notary front was definitely the mineral lease signing that I did. A man from north Louisiana called me a few days ago. He had a mineral lease and exchange agreement that needed to be signed by a man in Gonzales, LA. Today I went to meet the man in Gonzales, we signed the papers, I faxed confirmation to my client, and tomorrow I will deliver the papers to a lawyer’s office. The only bad part is that I probably undercharged a bit, but this should be a really good new client for the future. He’s involved in a lot of oil and gas projects, so maybe I will get a few crumbs from him again. I wish I was smart enough to be involved in that business.

I also visited a regular business customer of mine. They are a contracting company here in Baton Rouge. I actually got called to their office twice. They’re good people.

I had another job that brought me to a church for the deaf in Baton Rouge, off of Brightside. They were so friendly! I had a good time meeting them, and was happy to help them fill out some papers to establish a new banking relationship for their church.

The last job of the day involved a regular that met me at my home office. It was a simple auto transfer, with a correction affidavit. Quick and easy.

Tomorrow morning I head way out to Clinton. I have two loan closings scheduled here in Baton Rouge, and a loan modification over in Brusly. It should be a busy day, but I need to wrap things up in time for me and Stacey to visit friends in Hammond.

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Choking The Chicken On I-12

popeyes chickenToday (3/19/14) was good and bad. The good news is that I got two big things taken care of. The bad news is that I got stuck in traffic trying to get from Baton Rouge to Hammond.

I’ve been told that I shouldn’t use humor here because it is not professional, so this may be the last thing that makes me laugh on my fun little blog, but I couldn’t pass this choking the chicken title up. Yesterday, a dumb 18 wheeler flipped over off of I-12 near Livingston. It was actually a truck full of chicken from Popeye’s. I have no idea why, but for some reason that is beyond me, the state decided to clean up the mess today. They had to unload the whole trailer of chicken by hand. Even though the truck was flipped in the median, they had to basically close down the interstate for hours. Of course that led to a traffic pileup that lasted pretty much the whole day. And yes, I got caught up in it! Instead of riding the whole way down the interstate, I got off and took Florida.

I think that in any other state they would have cleaned that crap up last night. The state is going to bill Popeye’s for the cleanup, so why not put 100 guys on it to clear the mess last night within an hour? Makes sense, right? Not here in Louisiana. Here they decide to wait until the middle of the next day. I saw a picture of the cleanup crew- 4 guys with their thumbs up their butts. Way to go Louisiana.

So yeah, I take Florida into Hammond. That also means I have to drive through a few inbred towns. Normally these inbreeders have their cops sitting in the bushes waiting to give out tickets. They apparently took the day off because no one was helping traffic get through. Every red light meant a 30 minute wait. They have thousands of cars and trucks diverting through their towns, yet nobody has the sense to work the lights to get traffic through. My little drive from Baton Rouge to Hammond normally takes 45 minutes, max. Today it was a three hour plus thrill ride. Way to go Louisiana.

Then again, maybe I’m just a crybaby. There are worse things to be doing than choking the chicken, right?

On the notary front, I finalized a last will and testament for this nice lady that lives in Baker. I also notarized some divorce papers and a car transfer. I even made it to Hammond in time to record some papers at the Clerk of Court.

In other news, I’m about to watch some American Pickers.

Thanks for reading my notary blog. Call me at 225-907-5280 if you need some help, or if you want to boycott Popeye’s with me.

Notarizing In Da Hood

lil boosieToday (3/18/14) was gangster. I was a notarizing machine, wielding my notary stamp like a banger up in North Baton Rouge. Lil Bootsie would have been proud. The highlights, on the notary front, were:

  • My day started by vising a lady and her 91 year old uncle at his house off of Old Hammond in Baton Rouge. He had some banking forms that needed to be stamped. The niece was really nice and friendly, and it made a great start to my day.
  • The second journey was the conclusion of a big job. I wrapped up the Affidavit of Small Succession and Cash Sale of a piece of property in Independence, Louisiana (located in Tangipahoa Parish). The clients were super happy with my work. I can’t tell you how much nervous effort went into this job. To say the least, it was complicated.
  • Next on the list was a trip to a new commercial client. They are a towing company off of Choctaw in BTR. It looks like a lot of new business will be coming my way from these guys.
  • Guess what happened next? I went right back to that same towing company to notarize some dumb government form. Again, they were great people.
  • The journey continued with me crossing the bridge to visit some people at the Holiday Inn in Port Allen, Louisiana. They are buying a time share (poor suckers), so I notarized the deed for them.
  • I then went to visit some guys for a car sale in da hood. It was a little gangster, but nothing compared to my next stop.
  • The finale for the night, and by far the most interesting job, brought me to a trailer park off of Airline Hwy, near Winbourne. Oh my god, can you say scary?!?!?!? I really try to live without fear, but this one spooked me. I was nervous enough to call Stacey and tell her that if I disappear, this was where I was killed. These “clients” were thugs. I guess you’re not supposed to judge, but if they weren’t slinging dope, I’m not breathing. The whole time that I was at their “house”, at least 5 cars pulled in and out. All of them were extremely shady, and the rusty, burnt smell was coming off of them. I gripped my stamp ready to whack somebody, but it went just fine. I can honestly say that this was the fastest notary job I’ve ever done!

In other news, it’s time to eat!

Thanks for reading my notary stories! If you need some help in the hood, call me at 225-907-5280.

Last Will & Testament Monday

last will and testamentToday (3/17/14) was all about Last Will & Testaments. It was also about a whole bunch of notarizing. Starting around 1:00 PM, it was busy! The highlights were:

  • I visited a couple that lives off of Sherwood Forest. I had met with them on Saturday to discuss creating will for each of them. Today we finalized them. They were repeat customers, and they were just genuinely nice and appreciative.
  • My next stop brought me out to Baker, LA. I met with another regular customer to notarize a cremation form. We also talking about creating a Last Will & Testament. I will be working on that tomorrow and then meeting with her again on Wednesday to notarize it.
  • Next on the list was a car donation. I met a man at the Wendy’s on Highland Road, near Airline, and we took care of the paperwork so that he could donate his car to his daughter.
  • I then went to Denham Springs, LA somewhere off of Juban Road for another car sale. It went smoothly enough, and everyone seemed pleased.
  • From there I headed all the way back to the Highland Road/ Airline area in Baton Rouge. I notarized some pension papers for a couple. There home was amazing!
  • The next journey brought me out to Gonzales, LA to notarize a power of attorney for a property sale. The seller couldn’t travel to the closing in some other town, so she gave authority to her broker to sign in her place.
  • Last, but not least, I did a boat/motor/trailer sale at my home. I got a kick out of the seller because he wanted to erase the memory on his fish finder!

Tomorrow is all about a very confusing small succession and property transfer job. I still need to do some work o it, so I will be up bright and early to get ahead of the game.

On the personal front, we had hot dogs for dinner tonight. Call me trash, but I love hot dogs! I’m not sure if I would rather a steak than some hot dogs. They were great!

Thanks for reading my notary blog. If you want a notary public that is mobile in the Baton Rouge area, call me at 225-907-5280.

What A Disaster

car problemsYes, today (3/16/14) was a disaster. My van has been giving me some electrical problems for the last few weeks. I thought I had it fixed a few days ago, but I didn’t. It decided to give out for good today while I was at WalMart. I was trapped there or hours before I finally had to get a tow truck to take it away. I lost out on many jobs, and better yet my phone died in the middle of it, so there’s no telling how many calls I missed. I was supposed to visit a lady in Baker to notarize a funeral home form and help her with a Last Will, but that was a bust also.

The only jobs I was able to get to today were three auto sales. It was actually one car, one atv and one motorcycle. Sigh.

Tomorrow I have three Last Wills to work on, and who knows what else will come up. I really hope I get my van back too.

Thanks for reading my notary blog. Call me at 225-907-5280 if you need a Baton Rouge notary public.